Discover Newsletter

Welcome to Discover newsletter! Your monthly resource for staying up to date and connected.

Top News!

SDI is very excited to welcome Anil Singh-Molares to the role of executive director of SDI! Anil brings a passion for interfaith dialogue and a deep understanding of how spiritual direction can contribute to healing in today’s world. 

If you would like to send Anil a welcome message, please use this short form.

Share your Wisdom

You are what makes SDI a unique and welcoming community! We want to hear from you and encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question each month. We are listening. Before 30 September, we want to know:

What one piece of information would you want Anil to know about SDI? Share your response now.

Presence Journal

Share your thoughts about Presence. Have you received the latest issue of Presence? What was your favorite article? What insight did it give you? Send your thoughts as a letter to the editor to Nick Wagner,




Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for others.

  1. Mary Jo Leddy and Kathleen McAlpin, RSM, discuss crucial questions refugees ask.

    Questions this video addresses:
    1. Do you have people in your life who are tremendously driven by their past and anxious about their future? What have you learned from them?
    2. Where do you currently find meaning in your spiritual life? How is it different from several years ago?
  2. Violence and injustice are rampant in the world. Ravi Verma, Karen Erlichman, and Cynthia Bailey Manns have begun a conversation at SDI about the role spiritual direction can have in increasing peace and justice in society. Listen to a recorded dialogue, read their recent article, and consider if you would like to join this ongoing conversation. For those interested, complete this short form to be contacted.

  3. The Guidelines for Ethical Conduct is now available for free download in German! In order to serve our international community, the Guidelines have now been translated into eight languages!

    The German translation was made possible through the careful work of Dr. Brigitta Sassin and Dr. Peter Hundertmark. Thank you for your volunteer service—these translations raise awareness of spiritual direction around the world!

Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

It's official—registration for the 2017 Seeking Connection educational events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is open! Will you be there? With four focused institute options; fantastic plenary presenters; twenty diverse workshop choices; pilgrimage; contemplative retreat; and much more—you won’t want to miss it!

Take advantage of early-bird discounts and register early—space is limited. Read more information, learn about workshop options, book your hotel accommodations, and register today!


SDI Webinar: The Recovery Journey: Resources and Practices for Spiritual Direction: 21 September
Cultural humility and radical hospitality are core principles that inform both the ministry and service of spiritual direction and the recovery journey. As spiritual directors, we walk alongside those who may be wrestling with the challenges of addiction. How can we best serve with an open heart as vessels of transformation and healing?

In this webinar, we will explore specific practices, tools, and resources for spiritual directors companioning people with addiction and their loved ones, such as prayer, meditation, ritual, and embodied practice. Register today!


SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 19 September and be entered to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 20 September and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.

Who will serve as the conference spiritual director at the 2017 Seeking Connection conference? HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our August winner was Dianne Gilbert who received a scholarship towards her SDI membership. Congratulations, Dianne!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

Classified Announcements

Full-time Director of the Benedictine Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery on beautiful Lake Superior, Duluth, MN

Responsibilities: administration, program development, financial management, marketing and assessment. Bring strategic and innovative thinking to creatively and collaboratively respond to the needs of the Church and the world today. Professional requirements: College degree-preference: Master’s degree or advanced training in theology or spirituality, marketing, communication or business.

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